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Stereotypical Words!!
October 1, 2011
05:22
this_just_in
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Hey everyone!
Born and raised in Canada I have always heard that Canadians say EH! alot. But personally I rarely hear it as I live in Toronto, But when I go to the suburbs or here someone on the news from NorOn (northern Ontario) or BC or Saskatchewant they can barely say a whole sentence without saying EH!!!
I don't even know how to properly use the phrase EH! (btw pronounced (A)-Aye or (B)-like the letter A
So what are some other words or phrases that are really stereotype's around the world?? (insert EH Here) lol

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October 1, 2011
15:02
Alasdair
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The perceived stereotype of Indian languages is using the suffix -vaala a lot. -vaala indicates that a person does something to do with the noun attached. For example - a bagvaala is a bagboy or valet, a garivaala is a car-driver or taxi, a Dillivaala is someone from Delhi. It's often written as "Wallah" and you see it a lot in old British imperial slang and/or documents. 

October 2, 2011
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Top o' the mahrnin' to ya'! (Top of the morning to you) <-- I have literally, in all my 24 years of existence EVER heard an Irishman saying this in any seriousness! I don't even know where the phrase came from...

 

There's also the whole lucky charms and leprechauns thing associated with the Irish which is somewhat annoying... it's SUCH a teeny tiny amount of Celtic mythology to be focusing on! laugh 

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Is cainteoir dúchais Gaeilge mé. Same with English. Zacząłem uczyć się polskiego, y ahora, he dejado aprender el castellano.
October 4, 2011
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NKellyEmerald said:

Top o' the mahrnin' to ya'! (Top of the morning to you) <-- I have literally, in all my 24 years of existence EVER heard an Irishman saying this in any seriousness! I don't even know where the phrase came from...

 

I understand that it is/was a fairly common greeting -- most likely from times long past.

 

As an aside, the proper response is: "And the rest of the day to yourself!"

 

As for us Canadians, yes we do say "eh," but we use it as much as an American says "huh" -- and pretty much in the same sentence locations -- just different stresses in the sentence.

 

A stereotypical Canadian greeting is: "How's it goin', eh?" Not used much, but when said with the proper accent, it can make a Canadian smile.

 

Oh, and there's the Australian "G'day" and "Throw another shrimp on the Barbie."

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October 4, 2011
22:38
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Mombak said:

NKellyEmerald said:

Top o' the mahrnin' to ya'! (Top of the morning to you) <-- I have literally, in all my 24 years of existence EVER heard an Irishman saying this in any seriousness! I don't even know where the phrase came from...

 

I understand that it is/was a fairly common greeting -- most likely from times long past.

 

As an aside, the proper response is: "And the rest of the day to yourself!"

 

Ah yes! You've reminded me of the response! Think my grandmother told me that originally but had forgotten it until now! laugh 

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Is cainteoir dúchais Gaeilge mé. Same with English. Zacząłem uczyć się polskiego, y ahora, he dejado aprender el castellano.
October 5, 2011
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I saw a Chinese movie once and there was an anglophone that kept saying 'Y'know? ' and ever since it has annoyed me how often I say that. y'know?

October 5, 2011
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Then you've got the Northern Minnasotians (? Lol) that like to say, "oahhh ya, doncha know." Drives me batty! They actually do say that, though...I live in a house full of them! :D Every time you say something, it's, "oaahhhh." It's not quite, "oh," and not quite, "ahh."

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January 17, 2012
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I live in Minnesota and North Dakota. People in these places like to hold their vowels, but it is NOTHING like the movie Fargo.

 

I had an Australian friend, and he said that pretty much anything you think as a Australian saying isn't real. Yes they say "mate" and "g'day" a bit, but they don't say any others. My personal favorite that he once heard was "hows your belly where the pig bit ya?" Apparently its supposed to mean "how are you?", but he had never heard it until he came to America.

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